Monday, May 19, 2014

Digital stamps in mixed media


Hi everyone! It's Dina - happy third Monday in May!! It's time for Inspire Me Monday.

Are you having fun with the digital release this month? I love these images, and the ability to resize, flip, repeat ... so much fun.  NOT everyone knows that printed digital images can be used in mixed media!! That's what I'd like to show you today. Here's my completed tag first - see the Tulip image peeking through?



I started by printing the tulip on heavy cardstock (110# or more is best) with my inkjet printer, and cutting out a tag shape. Working on a teflon craft sheet, I squeezed out a little dab of acrylic paint (I used Plaid Folk Art paint, #420 Linen). For this technique I like to use light colors, and this Linen is great for a vintaged look. I used the brayer to work the paint into a very thin, even layer...


...then rolled the paint onto the tag. The thin layer and the rolling action create some really cool texture effects. You can keep adding layers until you have the coverage you want. Acrylic paint dries quickly, and there's no effect on the printer ink.


I like to let the image shine through the paint color, and just use pencils to add shading and highlights. I used sepia and white Faber-Castell Polychromos oil-based pencils here (wax pencils will work too). If you're concerned about smearing, you can use a spray fixative such as Krylon Workable Fixatif to keep your pencil work in place.


Other layers of color are up to you! I stenciled a design using more acrylic paint...


...and added some random stamping with Memento Luxe ink. I held the stamp in my hand and curved it so only parts of the image would print.


I used the Memento Luxe ink to sponge around the edges too. This ink will dry over acrylic paint, and it's great for mixed media stamping and other effects.


There you go! Here are some closer peeks at the finished tag - I love that great texture from the brayering!


 ...and a couple of other tags that fill out a little set of 3!



 Go try it!

Thanks for stopping by!

17 comments:

  1. Dina...these are gorgeous...I just love how the neutrals are so soothing. They are beautifully done!

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  2. Thanks, Dina for this tutorial. It is so great learning all these new ways to use these amazing digitals.

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  3. I'm always learning from you Dina!! Your tags are incredible as well as your techniques!! What an inspiration!

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  4. Wow, Dina, these are fabulous! I love this technique and always enjoy your art and creativity! You always make it look so easy and encourage us to try it! Thanks for the inspiration, especially with digis! Hugs!

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  5. Wow are these ever gorgeous! I can't tell you how much I love the look and that beautiful color palette. AND the new digi's work beautifully with this technique. Going to have to see if I can figure out how to duplicate the look. Haven't ever worked with acrylic paints before, but your beautiful tags make it very compelling to give a try.

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  6. Gorgeous Dina! Thanks for the inspiration!

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  7. Gasp! Stupendous tutorial, fabulous and gorgeous tags!

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  8. Gorgeous tags! Thanks so much for this tutorial.

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  9. I love tags - always have! Yours are just wonderful and thank you so much for sharing all your special techniques - beautiful!!!

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  10. Dina, these tags are beautiful! I always admire your use of paint with stamps. It's hard to believe these are handmade! Thank you so much for the instructions!

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  11. How beautiful! It's wonderfully "aged" and totally elegant.

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  12. Such a cool effect, these are just Gorgeous!

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  13. These are gorgeous! I can't wait to try this Dina!

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  14. This is beautiful DIna! All the layers in the background look amazing, but I love that they don't overwhelm the florals.

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  15. Dina, I am always amazed at your endless creativity, your incredible artistic talent, and most of all how obvious it is that you put your heart into each and every thing you create. These are gorgeous! What a wonderful tutorial!

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  16. These are gorgeous… I love the look, and i will have to give it a try. Gorgeous…..
    : )

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  17. Mixed media always seems so out of reach for me--but you make it so much more accessible, thanks so much, Dina! I LOVE Power Poppy (just bought these 3 Power Poppy digitals as my first PP and my first digital stamps, I'm a HUGE fan of Marcella Hawley's from Flourishes and followed her here), plus I subscribe already to your blog, and appreciate all that I learn from you. Love too how you use faith-based stamps and scripture stamps--lovely stuff always. These are such works of art, love these tags! You make me feel that even I could do something like this!!! Thank you!!! :)

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